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  • Scott Kazmir returned to action on Saturday April 19.
    Today, 12:32 am
    1:05 pm vs   Hou
  • Evan Meek returned to action on Saturday April 19.
    Today, 12:32 am
    4:05 pm @   Bos
  • Colby Lewis goes five-plus to beat White Sox
    Colby Lewis hurled 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball to lead the Rangers past the White Sox on Saturday.

    Advice: Lewis struggled in his first start Monday against the Mariners but cruised through Chicago's lineup Saturday, fanning four batters and issuing only one walk. He's still not a good fantasy bet, but the showing was promising for a Rangers team that needs some rotation stability. Lewis pitches at Safeco Field next.
    Yesterday, 8:40 pm
    12:05 pm vs   CWS
  • Chris Archer dominates in Rays' rout of NYY
    Chris Archer tossed 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball in the Rays' 16-1 win over the Yankees on Saturday.

    Advice: It was a big bounceback outing from the 25-year-old right-hander, who was hammered for seven runs in five innings Monday by the Orioles. He stymied the Yankees offense to three hits and zero walks Saturday at Tropicana Field, striking out four batters. Archer will carry a 2-1 record, 3.65 ERA, and 1.22 WHIP into his next outing in Chicago against the White Sox.
    Yesterday, 7:58 pm
  • Ervin Santana cruises as Braves defeat Mets
    Ervin Santana held the Mets to one run over seven innings Saturday in the Braves' 7-5 victory.

    Advice: Santana was again excellent, scattering six hits and two walks over his seven frames while racking up seven strikeouts. He's 2-0 with a 0.86 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, and 24/4 K/BB ratio through 21 innings (three starts) with Atlanta. A home start against the Reds is next.
    Yesterday, 7:43 pm
  • K-Rod earns sixth save, Brewers beat Bucs
    Francisco Rodriguez picked up his sixth save of the season Saturday in the Brewers' win over the Pirates.

    Advice: K-Rod tossed a perfect ninth inning to lock down Milwaukee's 13th win in 18 games. He has not been scored upon in 2014 and has been among the most valuable fantasy closers through the first three weeks of the season. It was K-Rod's 310th career save, tying him with Goose Gossage for 20th on the all-time major league leaderboard.
    Yesterday, 7:23 pm
  • Garza allows six runs in no-decision vs. PIT
    Matt Garza allowed six runs -- five earned -- in five innings Saturday in a no-decision against the Pirates.

    Advice: Garza deserved the loss after his rough outing, but Ryan Braun bailed him out with a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning. Garza was tagged for eight hits and surrendered three walks, and stands 0-2 on the year with a 4.50 ERA. This is not what the Brewers had in mind when they shelled out a four-year, $52 million deal. He'll try to rebound next week against the Cubs.
    Yesterday, 7:20 pm
    10:35 am @   Pit
  • Wandy Rodriguez yields four runs in 4 IP
    Wandy Rodriguez surrendered four earned runs over four innings Saturday in a no-decision against the Brewers.

    Advice: Rodriguez had nothing, topping out at 89 mph with his fastball while yielding six hits in his four frames. He now has a 7.65 ERA and 1.60 WHIP in 20 innings this season, and it's hard to see the situation improving anytime soon. The Pirates may have to try someone else.
    Yesterday, 7:17 pm
  • Kazmir goes eight strong as A's top Astros
    Scott Kazmir allowed three runs -- two earned -- over eight innings Saturday in no-decision vs. Houston.

    Advice: It was a good outing from the 30-year-old left-hander, who yielded only six hits and struck out five without issuing a walk. Kazmir has an outstanding 1.65 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, and 24/4 K/BB ratio over 27 1/3 innings this season. Oakland is looking like a perfect fit for him in the early going.
    Yesterday, 4:24 pm
    1:05 pm vs   Hou
  • John Lannan accepts assignment to AAA
    John Lannan has accepted his assignment to Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Lannan had the option to elect free agency, but he has decided to remain in the Mets organization for now. The lefty had a 15.75 ERA in five relief appearances.
    Yesterday, 3:56 pm
    Not Active
    10:10 am vs   Atl
  • Bruce Chen beats Twins for first win
    Bruce Chen notched his first win of the year despite allowing four runs over five innings Saturday against the Twins.

    Advice: It's strange to write it, but as well as the Twins have been swinging the bats, allowing four runs in five innings isn't bad. Chen missed his previous turn with a tight left glute muscle, so he was making his third start of the year today. He'll pitch in Cleveland next time out.
    Yesterday, 3:01 pm
    11:10 am vs   Min
  • Cingrani gives up three runs in loss
    Tony Cingrani gave up three runs over five innings Saturday in a loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Cingrani needed 104 pitches (55 strikes) to complete his five innings of work. He walked four and struck out three in the loss. He gave up four hits, so he has yet to give up more than five hits in any of his 22 starts in the majors. He'll bring a 3.22 ERA into a start against the Pirates next week in Pittsburgh.
    Yesterday, 2:50 pm
    11:20 am @   ChC
  • Hamels (biceps) to join Phils' rotation Wed.
    Cole Hamels (biceps) has been cleared to join the Phillies' rotation Wednesday in Los Angeles.

    Advice: Hamels threw seven innings of one-run ball Thursday at High-A Clearwater, wrapping up his minor league rehab assignment with a 2.12 ERA and 12/1 K/BB ratio in 17 total frames. The Dodgers present a tough first matchup, but Hamels should be a fantasy ace going forward.
    Yesterday, 2:29 pm
    Disabled List
    1:10 pm @   Col
  • Hellickson (elbow) to play catch on Sunday
    Jeremy Hellickson (elbow) will play catch on Sunday.

    Advice: Hellickson was shut down for three days because of light soreness in his surgically-repaired right elbow. The Rays aren't considering it a major setback and are still hoping that he can return around late May.
    Yesterday, 1:52 pm
    Disabled List
    10:40 am vs   NYY
  • C.J. Wilson struggles in loss to Tigers
    C.J. Wilson struggled in a losing effort against the Tigers on Saturday, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits in his five innings of work.

    Advice: The veteran southpaw walked three and struck out four on the afternoon. The big blow in the game that proved to be the difference was a two-run homer off the bat of Nick Castellanos in the second inning that got the Tigers on the board. He'll carry a 4.21 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 28/9 K/BB ratio into Friday's start against the Yankees in New York.
    Yesterday, 1:20 pm
  • White Sox recall Andre Rienzo from AAA
    White Sox recalled RHP Andre Rienzo from Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Rienzo had a 4.85 ERA and 9/7 K/BB ratio through three starts this season at the Triple-A level. The 25-year-old Brazilian is doubtful to carry fantasy relevance.
    Yesterday, 1:19 pm
  • White Sox place Paulino on the 15-day DL
    White Sox placed RHP Felipe Paulino on the 15-day disabled list with rotator cuff inflammation.

    Advice: Paulino was rocked for 10 runs on 13 hits in just 3 2/3 innings Friday night against the Rangers. He'll probably be moved to the bullpen when his health returns.
    Yesterday, 1:16 pm
    Disabled List
    12:05 pm @   Tex
  • Eric O'Flaherty throws successful bullpen
    Eric O'Flaherty (elbow) threw a successful bullpen session in front of Athletics manager Bob Melvin on Saturday.

    Advice: The A's believe that he could be cleared to face live hitters by the time they return from their next road trip. He remains on track to rejoin the A's bullpen at some point in June, making an already strong bullpen even more dominant.
    Yesterday, 11:20 am
    Disabled List
    1:05 pm vs   Hou
  • Sergio Santos is unavailable on Saturday
    Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said closer Sergio Santos is unavailable for Saturday's game against the Indians.

    Advice: After working on back-to-back nights, Santos will get a day to rest with Aaron Loup getting the call if a save opportunity were to present itself.
    Yesterday, 8:16 am
  • Johan Santana seeing velocity slowly improve
    According to Peter Gammons, Johan Santana has seen his velocity slowly climb and isn't far away from being ready to return to the big leagues.

    Advice: Santana is now up to 85 MPH and continues to make steady progress. He has his sights set on becoming the winningest Venezuelan pitcher of all time, though fantasy owners shouldn't expect much even if he does make his way to the Orioles.
    Yesterday, 5:35 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm @   Bos
  • Trevor Cahill works 12th inning for save
    Trevor Cahill pitched a perfect 12th inning for his first career save Friday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: The Diamondbacks certainly didn't intend for Cahill's first relief appearance to be in a save situation, but they had little choice but to go to him in the 12th and he got the job done quickly, retiring Andre Ethier, Yasiel Puig and Justin Turner in order. Cahill still doesn't have any fantasy value at the moment.
    Friday, 11:37 pm
    1:10 pm @   LAD
  • Jarrod Cosart gives up seven runs in first
    Jarred Cosart lasted just one-third of an inning and gave up seven runs in an ugly loss to the A's on Friday.

    Advice: Cosart walked four and gave up two homers before being pulled. It was quite a massacre for a guy who entered with a 2.42 ERA in 13 big-league starts. He had allowed just four homers in 78 innings dating back to his callup last season. We're not very high on Cosart for fantasy purposes this year, but hopefully this will go down as an isolated incident.
    Friday, 10:42 pm
    1:05 pm @   Oak
  • Vargas tosses seven scoreless innings in win
    Jason Vargas spun seven scoreless frames in 5-0 win over the Twins on Friday night.

    Advice: Vargas scattered seven hits (all singles) in the victory while walking just one batter and fanning four. The 31-year-old left-hander has been excellent so far this season, going at least seven innings in all four of his starts while allowing two runs or fewer in all of them. We don't expect the 1.24 ERA to last, but the Royals have to be thrilled with the early returns on their offseason investment.
    Friday, 9:59 pm
    11:10 am vs   Min
  • Bedard gives up four runs in no-decision
    Erik Bedard was chased after giving up four runs over 3 2/3 innings Friday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Bedard was called up last week to pitch out of the bullpen, but the oblique injury to Alex Cobb pushed him into the rotation. He didn't look all that good early on Friday, giving up four runs in the second inning, but he finished fairly strong. Still, the Rays surely would have liked him to work further into the game. The veteran left-hander should stick in the rotation for now, but he's not much of a fantasy option.
    Friday, 9:24 pm
    10:40 am vs   NYY
  • Kuroda gives up three runs in no-decision
    Hiroki Kuroda yielded three runs in 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Rays on Friday night.

    Advice: Kuroda left with the lead, but the Yankees' bullpen imploded in the late innings. The veteran right-hander gave up seven hits and two walks and struck out two batters. Kuroda hasn't completed seven innings yet this season, but has yet to throw a true clunker either. He'll carry a 4.07 ERA into a start against the Red Sox in Boston next week.
    Friday, 9:23 pm
  • Yankees designate Cesar Cabral for assignment
    Yankees designated LHP Cesar Cabral for assignment.

    Advice: Not an unsurprising move after completely losing his control and hitting three batters in the eighth inning of Friday's loss to the Rays. While it's possible he'll generate some interest on waivers, the most likely scenario is that he returns to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre where he'll attempt to get back on track.
    Friday, 9:07 pm
    Not Active
    10:40 am @   TB
  • Santos survives shaky ninth vs. Indians
    Sergio Santos survived a shaky ninth inning to convert his fifth save of the season Friday night against the Indians.

    Advice: Coming off one of the worst outings you could ever imagine Thursday against the Twins, Santos entered the bottom of the ninth inning Friday with a one-run lead. He allowed a leadoff double to Lonnie Chisenhall before striking out Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher. However, he then issued consecutive walks to Jason Kipnis and Carlos Santana to load the bases. As opposed to Thursday night, he didn't implode this time, as he got Michael Brantley to ground out to first base to end it. It wasn't pretty, but it qualifies as a bounce-back outing. With Casey Janssen's setback, Santos should continue to get save chances for Toronto in the short-term.
    Friday, 8:22 pm
  • Felipe Paulino obliterated in loss to Rangers
    Felipe Paulino was obliterated in Friday's loss to the Rangers, getting pounded for 10 runs on 13 hits in just 3 2/3 innings of work.

    Advice: With an already depleted bullpen, manager Robin Ventura tried to leave Paulino in there to take his medicine and eat some innings, but he simply couldn't get hitters out. With an 11.29 ERA and 2.56 WHIP through his first 18 1/3, it'd be shocking if he wasn't demoted to the bullpen after this debacle.
    Friday, 8:02 pm
    Disabled List
    12:05 pm @   Tex
  • K-Rod shuts down Pirates to earn fifth save
    Francisco Rodriguez tossed a scoreless ninth inning against the Pirates on Friday, earning his fifth save of the season.

    Advice: The 32-year-old right-hander has been nothing short of dominant since taking over the closer's role from Jim Henderson an interim basis. He hasn't allowed a run in eight innings on the year, while posting a 0.62 WHIP and 13/2 K/BB ratio. There's no reason to believe that Jim Henderson will win his job back anytime soon.
    Friday, 7:19 pm
  • Hamels terrific in likely final rehab start
    Cole Hamels (biceps) tossed seven innings of one-run ball Thursday for High-A Clearwater in what is expected to be his final rehab start.

    Advice: Hamels gave up just three hits, walked one and struck out two. The left-hander has posted a 2.12 ERA and 12/1 K/BB ratio over his 17 rehab innings to this point, clearing the way for him to rejoin the Phillies' rotation early next week. Assuming the club keeps Hamels on schedule, he'll make his season debut on Tuesday versus the Dodgers.
    Friday, 7:19 am
    Disabled List
    1:10 pm @   Col
  • Sergio Santos completely loses it in eighth
    Sergio Santos completely lost the strike zone after taking over in the eighth inning on Thursday, walking all three Twins he faced and taking his first blown save.

    Advice: Unfortunately, the Blue Jays had already run through all of their decent bullpen options when Santos imploded. As a result, J.A. Happ was brought in to try to stop the bleeding, yet he only made it worse, walking three batters of his own in what ended up being a six-run inning. Santos, for his part, never walked in a run. Instead, he threw three run-scoring wild pitches, which is a pretty amazing feat. Just four of his 16 pitches were strikes. Santos entered the game 4-for-4 in save chances and with three walks on the season, none in his last three appearances. Hopefully, this was just one big fluke. If not, then the Blue Jays will be forced to go to Steve Delabar and Aaron Loup in save chances.
    Thursday, 8:24 pm
  • Chen (glute) scratched from Thursday's start
    Bruce Chen has been scratched from his scheduled start Thursday due to a tight left glute muscle.

    Advice: Chen said he's been dealing with the tweaked glute for about a week, which might explain the Twins getting to him for six runs in 3 2/3 innings his last time out. James Shields' start was bumped up to Thursday to accommodate, and the hope is that Chen will be ready to start Saturday's game -- a rematch with those Twins -- instead.
    Wednesday, 4:27 pm
    11:10 am vs   Min
  • John Lannan outrighted to Triple-A
    Mets sent LHP John Lannan outright to Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Lannan's move to the bullpen didn't go well, as he posted a 15.75 ERA over five relief appearances. He has the option to elect free agency rather than accept the minor league assignment. The Mets will try Daisuke Matsuzaka as a long reliever instead.
    Wednesday, 10:19 am
    Not Active
    10:10 am vs   Atl
  • Jeremy Hellickson 'pen session pushed back
    Jeremy Hellickson's first bullpen session since arthroscopic elbow surgery has been pushed back a few days.

    Advice: Hellickson had been slated for his first mound work on Tuesday. It doesn't appear that he's had a setback, so it could just be a weather issue. Hellickson is aiming to rejoin the Rays' rotation in late May or early June.
    Wednesday, 6:56 am
    Disabled List
    10:40 am vs   NYY
  • Pirates eyeing Wandy Rodriguez's velocity
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle admitted Tuesday that the club is keeping an eye on Wandy Rodriguez's velocity.

    Advice: Rodriguez is averaging 87.5 mph with his fastball, which is down about two mph. And not only is his heater down a couple ticks, he's been missing his spots. "The mistakes are getting covered and getting hit over the wall," Hurdle said. "It's a challenging time for him." Hurdle thinks Rodriguez could get his velocity back once the weather warms up, and the feeling is that the left has some leash before the club considers booting him from the rotation.
    Tuesday, 5:18 pm
  • Evan Meek sent home with the flu
    Evan Meek has been sent home with the flu.

    Advice: The Orioles have a flu bug going around the clubhouse and they don't want it to claim anyone else. Tuesday's game might be rained out, so Meek might not even miss a game.
    Tuesday, 12:44 pm
    4:05 pm @   Bos
  • Matt Garza gives up four runs in loss
    Matt Garza fell to 0-2 after giving up four runs and nine hits in seven innings against the Cardinals on Monday.

    Advice: The Brewers are 10-3, but Garza hasn't been able to get on the board in three starts. He pitched eight innings in a 1-0 loss on April 2 and then got a no-decision in what turned into a 9-4 victory over the Phillies on Wednesday. It's still rather encouraging the way Garza is throwing after his poor spring; his stock is definitely up some. He's set to face the Pirates next.
    Monday, 9:22 pm
    10:35 am @   Pit
  • Colby Lewis loses to Mariners
    Colby Lewis lost in his return to the majors after allowing four runs -- three earned -- in 5 1/3 innings Monday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Lewis doesn't have his old stuff back yet after shoulder surgery, so left-handers figure to give him fits. That's a problem against the Mariners lineup. Lewis will get a couple of more starts to prove himself before the Rangers figure out how to fit Matt Harrison into their rotation, with the White Sox next on the docket. He's not an option in AL-only leagues right now.
    Monday, 9:02 pm
    12:05 pm vs   CWS